The Lord of the Flies identifies itself as the beast and acknowledges to Simon that it exists within all human beings: “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you?” The creature’s grotesque language and bizarre appropriation of the boys’ slang (“I’m the reason why it’s no go”) makes the creature appear even more hideous and devilish, for he taunts Simon with the same colloquial, familiar language the boys use themselves. Simon,
However, even order and government is susceptible to corruption.The first glimpse of Ralph’s “beast” is when he completely strips, it shows a disregard foretiquette. The next glimpse of his beast is when he hunts and gets very excited, this is him givingin to his primal nature. By the end he is a full fledge savage. "…launched himself like a cat;stabbed, snarling, with the spear, and the savage doubled up" (12.165). Golding compares Ralphto a cat to show that he truly is a beast, so if Ralph symbolizes order and authority, what doesthis mean?
Rather, it already exists inside each boy’s mind and soul, the capacity for savagery and evil that slowly overwhelms them. Although the other boys laugh off Simon’s suggestion, Simon’s words are central to Golding’s philosophy of anti-transcendentalism, that innate human darkness exists. Simon is the first character in the novel to see “mankind’s essential illness” which in turn, shows the beast not as an external force but as a component of human nature. Simons deep understanding of the beast is further expressed in his hallucination or his “discussion” with the lord of the flies that he has after one of his fainting spells, “There isn't anyone to help you. Only me.
“We all have good and evil inside us.It's what side we choose to follow that defines who we are”-J.K. Rowling William Golding wrote Lord of the Flies during a time of conflict and war. In response to all the conflict Golding wrote Lord of the Flies, a book about kids that crash landed on an island and how the isolation affects them. Golding wrote Lord of the Flies to tell that humans are corrupted to evil or forced to be good based by their surroundings. Jack a character in the book is an example of this. In the beginning of the book Jack is a cocky kid who says “ I ought to be chief,because I’m chapter chorister and head boy” ( Golding,22).
Each of the boys had his own image of what the beast looked like—a representation of his personal fears. These individual interpretations are brought to life when the corpse is spotted on the mountain, turning what was once an abstract idea into a fleshed-out figure. When the twins Sam and Eric stumble across the body, they are quick to describe that “it was furry, [that] there was something moving behind its head—wings” (100); they even go to the extent of calling it a beast. As they hear this fearsome tale, “[the boys] lay there listening, at first with doubt but then with terror to the description the twins breathed at them” (99). The dead paratrooper has allowed the boys to think that evil arises from external forces rather than themselves in total contradiction to Piggy’s theory.
In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, young boys get stranded on an island with no adults in the midst of a war. The boys were orderly and civilized in the beginning but then as they began killing pigs they slowly became savages and lost their civilization. The boys began turning on each other and the evil within them became present. Golding uses a variety of literary devices including personification, symbols, metaphors, and irony, to project the theme that pure and realistic people in the world can be unheard and destroyed by evil. Golding uses the conch shell as a symbol of order and civilization on the island of boys.
“Awful things have been done on this island” Piggy gives a setting of the extract. “Just a smoke signal so that we can be rescued” This indicates that the boys are stranded, as they are needed to be rescued. “There’s them on this island, as would laugh at anything” This gives further evidence that the setting of the extract is based on an island, since Piggy mentions ‘island’ twice. Golding decides to base this extract on a stranded island because the isolation generates a sort of civilization and community. At the same time, the island absences a society, societal laws and rules permitting the boys to run wild and display their true, ugly, inner selves.
This young group of boys actively take part in beating Simon to death as they are all crazed with the spirit of The Lord of the Flies, that is taking part within them. It is almost as if, when Rodger places The Lord of the Flies over his head, this darkness embodies every one of the boy's character, and changes it for all time. They will never be able to undo the death they caused. They no longer will have the character of boys from a private school. Instead of singing in in the choir they will sing the song of
This reminds me of a musical play I have watch, Jekyll and Hyde, it talks about a scientist Dr.Jekyll who believes that is possible to separate the good and evil of a person, he performs the experiment on himself, he tries to control his dark side Hyde he kill numerous people whoever gets in his way. Just like Lord of the Flies surviving on the island has active the inner dark side of the boys, Jack tries to kill Ralph because Ralph was in his way. In my opinion, everyone has a inner dark side, it just we control it, sometimes we think of doing stupid stuff like should I steal the candy that’s when our conscience kick in, you think of consequences or even feel guilty. Imagine a perfect world, a world only of the simple pleasure of eating, sleeping and play. Where there is no rich or poor and no person 's wants go unfulfilled.
He becomes one of the prominent leadership figures and his interest in establishing a society aligns with Ralph’s, the first elected leader, but he shows a propensity for aggressive behavior by yelling that it would "serve [them] right if something did get [them], you useless lot of cry-babies!" (Golding 64). Choosing to attack the young boys for their fears plays into Jack’s fanaticism about his nearly-embraced island life. Becoming defensive about what he is doing for the group, he attacks the same people he attempts to govern. Later, the ideological differences between Jack and Ralph prove too great, and Jack sets fire to the island in his bid to kill him, “smoke...seeping through the branches in white and yellow wisps, the patch of blue sky overhead turned to the color of a storm cloud” (152).